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<I>Curb Your Enthusiasm</i>: Back, and More Disturbingly Wrong Than Ever

I'm going to be up front and admit that it has been a while since I regularly watched Curb Your Enthusiasm. I sort of lost interest around the time that Larry and Cheryl's relationship fell apart. However, the promise of a Seinfeld reunion this season suckered me back in. I know the Seinfeld cast spot doesn't happen for a few episodes, but figured it was worth watching from the start of this season, and I'm so delighted that I did. The first episode, in which Larry tries unsuccessfully to break up with his girlfriend Loretta (Vivica A. Fox) before her cancer diagnosis comes in, had me in stitches. I was completely reminded of what I liked about this show in the first place. Apparently, absence did make my heart grow fonder.

Basically, Larry's living with his girlfriend and her bossy family, and he's about at the end of the rope with their relationship and ready to cut ties with her. He can't deal with her too-warm sleeping temperature... among other things. He's having a dilemma (in true Larry style) about how he wants to split up with her, but she's awaiting biopsy results. Her doctor, who makes house calls even, tells Larry about the hard road that he's in for if Loretta does indeed have cancer. But instead of breaking up with her right away, he visits Jeff and ends up invited to a dinner party, which leads to a very true discussion about dinner party etiquette (you can't ever talk about it with people who aren't on the guest list, but you aren't allowed to ask who is invited.)

This craziness of course in turn leads Larry to mention the party to Funkhouser (thinking that Funkhouser's going), and then Funkhouser laying on a guilt trip about Bam Bam (Catherine O'Hara) getting out of the mental hospital and in need of company. This leads to the very, very wrong scene involving Jeff and Bam Bam having sex. Yes, Jeff somehow got roped into sex with the mentally unstable Bam Bam. That insanity led to awkward dinner moments when the Funkhouser family invites themselves to Jeff and Suzy's dinner party, at which the Bam Bam/Jeff tryst comes out, and Jeff lies about it and Larry gets caught in the middle because he hypocritically stole a sandwich out of Funkhouser's fridge after he yelled at Loretta's doctor (who is also at the dinner party) for stealing lemonade.

To avoid more of this awkwardness Larry leaves to get medicine for Loretta, and then dinner for himself at the same restaurant where Wanda and Cheryl are dining (Cheryl used his name to get a better table), and then Larry learns from Cheryl that she only really liked Larry in small doses (I can totally see why). Then Larry discovers out that the doctor (who gets biopsy results at night for some reason) is on his way back to Larry's to deliver the cancer news to Loretta. So a car race ensues, with Larry trying to get to Loretta to dump her in time ensues. Because, of course. And naturally he doesn't make it, leading to more Larry misery.

Anyway, the entire thing made absolutely no sense (except for when it occasionally did) and was completely absurd and very, very wrong, but definitely funny. I'm looking forward to seeing how Larry gets out of this one.

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